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Dataset of British English speech recordings for psychoacoustics and speech processing research

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posted on 24.11.2021, 13:58 by Trevor John CoxTrevor John Cox, Simone GraetzerSimone Graetzer, Michael A Akeroyd, Jonathan BarkerJonathan Barker, John Culling, Graham Naylor, Eszter Porter, Rhoddy Viveros Muñoz
This paper presents the Clarity Speech Corpus, a publicly available, forty speaker British English speech dataset. The corpus was created for the purpose of running listening tests to gauge speech intelligibility and quality in the Clarity Project, which has the goal of advancing speech signal processing by hearing aids through a series of challenges. The dataset is suitable for machine learning and other uses in speech and hearing technology, acoustics and psychoacoustics. The data comprises recordings of approximately 10,000 sentences drawn from the British National Corpus (BNC) with suitable length, words and grammatical construction for speech intelligibility testing. The collection process involved the selection of a subset of BNC sentences, the recording of these produced by 40 British English speakers, and the processing of these recordings to create individual sentence recordings with associated transcripts and metadata.

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Challenges to Revolutionise Hearing Device Processing

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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